FG raises fresh hope on Arochukwu road projects

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The Federal government has released a list of 69 road and bridge projects said to be on-going in the South East geo-political zone of the country.

The list was made public by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja apparently to dispel the allegation of marginalization by leaders from the zone.

The projects are located in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.

Twelve of those projects are listed to be on-going in Abia State.

Specifically, the Nkporo-Abiriba-Ohafia road is listed for construction. Contract for the road was, according to the list, awarded to Dutum Construction Nigeria Limited in May, 2012 for N2, 739, 105, 600.

Awarded in 2015, rehabilitation of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia road is being handled by Niger Construction Company Limited for N2, 093, 033, 385.

For Bende-Arochukwu-Ohafia road, the record shows that contract for the rehabilitation of section one of the road was awarded in July 2018 to Hartland Nigeria Limited for N5, 490, 680, 078. The same company also won the contract for the rehabilitation of section two of the road, for N199, 475, 325.

The construction of Abiriba-Arochukwu-Ohafia road, which was awarded in December 2012 for N2, 265, 982, 372 is still left in the hands of Beks Kimse Nigeria Limited, which has in 6 years done less than 5 kilometers of the 32.

Although the Minister of Information touted the projects as being at different stages of completion, not a few are satisfied with the pace of work at the various sites.

Alhaji Mohammed said though the contracts for many of the roads were awarded before the advent of this administration, they were either poorly funded or not funded at all, hence work on the roads has lingered.

He however gave the hope that a new impetus is now being applied to the projects with funding sourced from budgetary allocations, the Sukuk Bond and the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund

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Chijioke Ogbonnaya, banker and businessman turned 53 on the 12th of March. A native of Obinkita village, Nkpisi attended Government College, Umuahia and Abia State ...